Gay Church of Ireland minister attacks hypocrisy on inclusion

A Church of Ireland minister who has a same-sex partner has accused the Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough of “cherry-picking” which issues of inclusion he supports. Tom Gordon, the dean of Leighlin, who entered into a civil partnership two years ago, was responding to Archbishop Michael Jackson’s criticism of “sectarianism” and exclusionary behaviour within the […]

Changing Attitude Ireland active in equal marriage campaign

The combined votes of the Democratic Unionist party and Ulster Unionist party in the Stormont Assembly helped defeat a Sinn Féin motion to create marriage equality for gay couples in Northern Ireland backed by the SDLP, Alliance and the Green party yesterday. The defeat of the proposed bill is likely to be challenged in both […]

Changing Attitude Ireland comments on the election of the Most Revd Richard Clarke as Archbishop of Armagh

Canon Charles Kenny the Secretary of the Church of Ireland pro-gay group Changing Attitude Ireland congratulated and extended its good wishes to the Most Revd Richard Clarke on his appointment as the new Archbishop of Armagh. Canon Kenny expressed his hope that the new Archbishop of Armagh will engage with the Church’s gay members with […]

Church of Ireland General Synod debate on sexuality – Contributors and voting

A review of speeches to synod The Church of Ireland web site carries a report on Saturday’s debate and voting. Prior to discussion by synod members, and in accord with the standing orders, the four amendments to the motion were placed before synod. Copies were provided to synod members and the proposers and seconders of […]

Church of Ireland General Synod to debate controversial motion today

On Thursday the General Synod was due to debate three motions presented by the Archbishop of Dublin, Michael Jackson, liberal, and the bishop of Down and Dromore, Harold Miller, conservative evangelical in an attempt to demonstrate a unity of purpose. Immediately after the first motion re-affirming the church’s teaching that marriage is only between a […]

Church of Ireland General Synod human sexuality motions

CHURCH OF IRELAND – GENERAL SYNOD 2012 MOTIONS The following motions will be moved under Standing Order 31(d) after the debate on the report of the Standing Committee (due to take place on the afternoon of Thursday 10 May 2012). 8 A: HUMAN SEXUALITY IN THE CONTEXT OF CHRISTIAN BELIEF THE ARCHBISHOP OF DUBLIN THE […]

Church of Ireland anti-gay motion tabled for General Synod on Thursday

Resolution 8A – it’s Anti-Gay Legitimises witch-hunts against gay clergy Can be used to exclude gay people from Communion Demeans the relationships of remarried divorcees At General Synod this week, the Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Down & Dromore are tabling a series of motions on human sexuality. These motions (posted further down) were […]

One Gay Invited To Church of Ireland Homosexuality Conference

400 members of the General Synod of the Church of Ireland will gather this weekend in County Cavan for a conference on homosexuality, but only one of them is officially gay. According to the programme notes ‘Andrew’ a civil partnered man brought in from France will speak, alongside ‘Jonathan’, brought in from England, who has […]

New book on homosexuality and the Church of Ireland

The Ven Gordon Linney, Dr Richard O'Leary, Lady Brenda Sheil and Canon Ginnie Kennerley at the launch of the book "Moving Forward Together: Homosexuality and the Church of Ireland"

At the launch on 7th February in the Good Book shop, Belfast, of “Moving Forward Together: Homosexuality and the Church of Ireland” guest speaker and leading Church of Ireland lay woman Lady Brenda Sheil called on members of the Church to make time to study and reflect on the issue of same-sex relationships. She said […]

Church of Ireland two day homosexuality conference takes place in relaxed manner

A private two-day Church of Ireland conference in Co Cavan that aimed to discuss the issue of homosexuality has passed off in a relaxed manner, it has been reported. Although there has been an often heated debate within the denomination in recent months on the subject, archbishops and an independent delegate agreed yesterday that the […]